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Epistemic FrictionAn Essay on Knowledge, Truth, and Logic$
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Gila Sher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198768685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768685.001.0001

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A Substantivist Theory of Truth

A Substantivist Theory of Truth

(p.131) 7 A Substantivist Theory of Truth
Epistemic Friction

Gila Sher

Oxford University Press

The chapter focuses on methodological questions concerning the theory of truth. Today, the most popular approach to truth is deflationist; but to be worthwhile, the friction principle says, theories have to be substantive. The chapter asks whether there is a methodological obstacle to substantive theorizing on truth. Its answer is positive: due to the exceptionally broad and diverse array of truths, the theory of truth faces a serious disunity problem. But this problem is not unique to truth. Comparing the disunity problem of truth to that of science as a whole (science as the theory of nature), the chapter draws lessons from scientists’ solution to this problem, offering a set of guidelines for a substantive theory of truth. Specific points of discussion include: radical and moderate disunity challenges, “myth of the criterion”, “myth of the common denominator”, the unity problem, truth pluralism, and platitudes vs. substantive principles.

Keywords:   truth, deflationism, substantivism, unity and disunity, radical vs. moderate disunity, myth of the criterion, myth of the common denominator, pluralism, platitudes vs. substantive principles

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